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Staying Fit during the Holiday Season

November 30, 2009

With the holidays upon us we are exposed to everything from large holiday dinners to sugar crazed office parties. It is almost impossible to stick to a regular fitness routine and healthy eating plan. We would all like to be able to enjoy family feasts and holiday celebrations without worrying about expanding our waistline and jeopardizing our physical fitness.

One of the biggest problems during the holidays is portion control, we all tend to treat the holidays as a vacation from eating well. Overeating isn’t the only problem during holiday dinners, eating unhealthy foods and baked goods may be just as damaging to your fitness level as eating too much. It is important to make smart choices when it comes to eating this holiday season.

Tips for Eating Healthy & Staying Fit this Holiday Season:

  • Portion food ahead of time

    Instead of eating 1 HUGE meal, space it out over three or four smaller meals that you can enjoy throughout the day, this is more beneficial for your metabolism.

    Use smaller plates, you can enjoy any food item or dish, but having it in smaller portions will help you to eat less.

  • Eat Slower

    Studies have shown that this alone can help reduce your calorie intake tremendously, as you will get full faster if you give your food time to settle in your stomach. You will also enjoy your food more and be able to digest it better.

  • Drink a lot of water

    This will cause you to eat less and help your body digest the foods you eat better.

  • Substitute fatty foods for not-so fatty foods

    Skip the Gravy and any High-Calorie dressings, go for a light vinaigrette or extra virgin olive oil instead

    Skip the egg nog and have water instead

    Make a lower-fat pumpkin pie, using an egg substitute, light cream or a low-fat evaporated milk in the recipe, for a low-fat pie crust, a homemade recipe without shortening may be the solution.

    Prepare a fruit or vegetable platter as an appetizer before the main course.

    Eating healthy snacks before the big meal will help you eat less during the Holiday Dinner and ensure you are still maintaining a balanced diet.

    Eat fruit or Veggies instead of chips and salsa, broccoli & low-fat ranch, carrots, cranberries, etc.

  • Exercise More:
    It is important to keep your muscles working to burn fat

    Take a walk with the family or walk around the mall

    Ride a bicycle

    Go dancing with friends